Have you heard about the respiratory virus that’s hitting the Midwest? Officials say it’s like a cold, only worse.
I don’t want to self diagnose anything… but I’m pretty sure my family had that this week.
Despite frequent hand washing, my kids are little germ magnets. They are young and almost everything goes in their mouths. We get sick A LOT.
If you’re a mom, you know that sick kids means a sick mom. There’s no getting around it. And, when momma is sick, everyone still needs her for everything. Meals, bedtime, diaper changes, baths, playing, taxi driving, laundry, and dishes do not go away. There are no sick days for moms.
This week, I felt so badly that I called a babysitter to come give me a break. Ironically, she called in sick.
So, I decided to cut myself some slack. Instead of picking up the house, I napped when the kids napped. Instead of cooking dinner and washing dishes, I picked up takeout. Laundry got put on hold, and I did not return a single phone call or email all week.
We snuggled up to watch movies and read books in bed.
This was my version of a sick day for mom and it was liberating.
My house and my car are a total wreck, which is not how I like to live. But, it was worth it. I needed hold my sick babies when they were awake and rest when they were asleep. I’ll play catch up soon.
I hope we stayed home long enough to keep the germs to ourselves. The boys are starting to feel better and, although I wish they’d stay home and let me hold them forever, I’m sure they’ll get restless quickly!
How do you all manage when you’re sick?